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RAY BLACK JR. READY TO MASTER THE TRICKY TRIANGLE
FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2016) – It may be the first NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) race at Pocono Raceway, but NXS competitor Ray Black Jr. is ready to make his third NASCAR career start at the 2.5-mile triangle track this weekend in the Pocono Green 250.
Known to the racing community as the “Tricky Triangle,” Black understands the challenges that come with competing at such a complicated track. His first start at the track came in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2014 where he finished 28th. His second start at the track during his 2015 NCWTS season resulted in a Top-25 finish, as he came home 24th. Black now looks to take his finish to the next level with a Top-20 finish this weekend in the NXS.
“Pocono is a tough one for me, but I’m up for the challenge,” said Black. “It was the third track I ever competed at in my NASCAR career, so my first time out there was difficult but I feel more prepared for it now. We have three completely different turns with three completely different levels of banking that we need to have our setup be able to master and that can be really tough. But I’m looking forward to having another chance to figure this track out and come out with a solid Top-20 finish for the team!”
The trip to Pocono also brings Black and his SS Green Light Racing team the opportunity to get outdoors and explore more than some of the other more city-based tracks on the circuit. When not on the racetrack, Black spends much of his free time outdoors and can be found doing anything from scuba diving, hiking, and white water rafting, to surfing, golfing and fishing. While Pocono isn’t close enough to the ocean for some of these activities, Black does enjoy the opportunities the track’s location does offer.
“I like being outdoors any chance I can be,” explained Black. “I’m always looking to do something and enjoy the time out there whenever I can. Pocono is cool because they have some neat hiking trails available close by that we are planning to check out. There’s also a great go-kart track out there that the team and I went to last year that I know we are hoping to go to again this time.”
The Pocono Green 250 will take place on Saturday, June 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET at Pocono Raceway. Fans can tune in via FOX or MRN Radio for live coverage.
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About Ray Black Jr.
Ray Black, Jr. grew up in Florida after relocating from Montgomery, Alabama at age 9. It was here that Black fell in love with deep sea diving after a couple of scuba trips with his father. His passion for motorsports came later at age 14 after playing some racing video games. He began competing in the Florida Mini Cup Racing Association (FMCRA), where finished in the Top-5 in every race and secured the FMCRA Junior All Star Championship. In 2013 Black moved up to racing pro late models and then into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014. During that year, he got his first taste of true NASCAR racing when he competed in seven races for SS Green Light Racing. In 2015, Black competed in his first full season of NASCAR in the Camping World Truck Series, where he finished 11th in the championship standings with one Top-5 and 11 Top-15 finishes. Black will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the 2016 season. Learn more at www.rayblackjr.com<http://www.rayblackjr.com/>.
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